Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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On Saturday we did a lot of yard work. We planted rosemary, parsley, lemon verbena, basil, flowers, and a peach tree. Our yard is looking great! We were both exhausted by the end of the day though. Luckily, I woke up early on Saturday morning to bake a Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. We were so busy working we forgot to take a break to have a slice. When we came in for the night, we were thrilled to see the coffee cake sitting on our kitchen table.

This sour cream coffee cake is light, fluffy, and has a tunnel of cinnamon and chocolate chips inside. The cake also gets topped with cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips. The cinnamon sugar topping makes the cake sparkle and gives the cake a nice crunchy top.

This chocolate chip coffee cake is really easy to make. We had all of the ingredients on hand. First, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Next, I cream together the butter and granulated sugar.

And the eggs, one at a time and mix until combined.

Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients.

Next, add half of the batter to the pan and sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips. Spread the remaining batter evenly over the filling and top with the rest of the cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate chips.

Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let the cake cool and serve!

This cake is great for breakfast, brunch, a sweet snack, or dessert. The chocolate and cinnamon combination is delightful. Coming in to a slice of chocolate chip coffee cake and a cold glass of milk was the perfect treat after a long day of yard work.

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time
40 minutes
9 -12 pieces of cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon Sugar Topping/Filling:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.
  3. 3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beat until smooth. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  4. 4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. In a small bowl, make the cinnamon sugar topping/filling. Stir together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour half the batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar and half the chocolate chips. Spoon the remaining batter over the filling, spreading gently. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar and chocolate chips.
  5. 5. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool to room temperature and serve.

If you like this Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake, you might also like:

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Banana Coffee Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Streusel from Back to the Cutting Board
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Coffee Cake from Mountain Mamma Cooks
Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This is definitely the kind of cake I would LOVE to discover on my kitchen counter after a long day! Actually, I’d like to discover it on my counter any and every second of any and every day! Love it!

  2. This looks so yummy!! Weren’t you so happy to finally have nice weather this past weekend? I wanted to be out in our garden as well, so much to catch up on after all the rain we have been having.

    (Oh, hello from FB group as well)

  3. Maria, this looks awesome! Was wondering though if you could use greek yogurt in place of the sour cream possibly? Thanks for all you do!
    Take care,

  4. Made it this morning for breakfast and it was amazingly delish! Wish I would would have read the last instruction to check it with a toothpick because after 40 minutes the center was still gooey. Oh well still enjoyed the rest of it.

  5. I tried this and added some coffee mate Mocha to the mix and it’s delicious!!!! Just a hint of the dark mocha was a yummy addition to the cake!

  6. I baked it in a 8inch spring form and it needed like 15 more min middle wasn’t done is that expected since I didn’t use 8inch sq baking dish?

  7. Just made this! It’s a freezing, cold morning..I’ve 3 teen boys to feed. How perfect! I was disappointed at first because I didn’t have sour cream so I substituted greek yogurt. Fabulous ♥

  8. My mom made a cake like this starting around 40 years ago. It was called Treasure cake. Ours has a stick of butter and a stick of margarine. It’s also made with cake flour with a little more vanilla. It’s always been my favorite cake!

  9. I have made this cake a few times in the past and it always has a under done spot in middle. I even have increased bake time. I thought it was just me but a fiend just asked me on Sunday how to get ths cake to bake even the whole way through. Any suggestions. Love the cake but dislike the middle.

  10. A total fail. Not only did the cake run over in the oven, the center was undercooked and the top and sides were getting too brown (does not look like the picture). If I would attempt to make it again, I will use a bigger pan. I wished I would of read the reviews before trying this. Lesson learned!

  11. This looks so good that I had to try it. It’s in the oven now. when I was shopping, I ended up buying some butterscotch chips so I’m making it with butterscotch chips and chocolate chips. I hope that my family likes it. =) Thanks for the recipe!

  12. My mom made this cake while I was growing up. It was called “Treasure” cake. In our recipe we use cake flour and sift it with the dry ingredients. We also use more sugar in the mixture that goes on top and in the middle. Otherwise it’s identical. We also use a 9x 13 glass dish. My kids devour it whenever I make it!

  13. 5 stars
    Easy recipe and my family LOVEs it. Once I ran out of sour cream and substituted plain yogurt. It was still great.

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